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... the 5th of November!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half-term and feel rested! The children have certainly all come back ready to learn and are working hard! We learned about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate Bonfire Night yesterday and did a fireworks-themed English and Maths lesson!

In English this week, we focused on verbs and verb tenses. We found out that verbs can tell us if something happened in the past, present or future and that some verbs follow a pattern (adding -ed to the end to make it the simple past tense: jump = jumped) and some certainly don't (swim = swam and go = went)! Next week we will be starting a new English unit around a book that will also link to our new History topic. We will be writing to entertain and choosing our vocabulary carefully to create great images in our readers' minds.

In Maths we have learned a new method for adding and subtracting using a tens and ones grid. This method will help us in the future when we move onto adding and subtracting using what's sometimes called 'the column method'. It's important the children understand what they are doing with the numbers and why, and this new method helps build that foundation. I'm sure your children could show you how to do 32+45 and 67-15...

We have now finished our Geography topic and learned all about the continents by writing a fact-file in our books. Today we learned about maps and why we use them. We found out that maps are a birds-eye view of the world and have a key with symbols to tell us what is there. We designed our own maps of a real or imagined place and made sure it had a key, compass rose and title to give as much information as possible.

Next week we are starting a new History topic about the Great Fire of London. I love teaching this topic and I know the children will really enjoy it too!

You may have heard the children talking about a new adult in the class this week. We have a student, Miss Gee, who will be with us for four and half days a week for the rest of the year. She has been so impressed by the children so far and loves coming in to support us. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Miss Everett and Mrs Simpkins